LOT flagship airline adds 15th Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet

This is the fifteenth Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the LOT's fleet and the seventh aircraft of the 787-9 variant. Aneta Oksiuta/PAP

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner ordered by Poland's national carrier LOT Polish Airlines landed in Warsaw on Friday morning after a nine-hour-and-50-minute direct flight from the factory of the US producer Boeing in Charleston, North Carolina.

This is the fifteenth Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the LOT's fleet and the seventh aircraft of the 787-9 variant.

The new jet, seating 294 passengers, is a lengthened and strengthened variant of the other eight 787-8 Dreamliners operated by the Polish carrier. It will be used on the North American and Asian routes.

LOT expects to receive another two Boeing 737-9 aircraft in the spring of 2020.

Fleet development is one of the elements of LOT's strategy for profitable growth, which envisages that by 2020 the carrier will transport over 10.5 million passengers.

Last year LOT carried over 8.9 million passengers, 2 million more than in the previous year. At present, the airline's fleet numbers 80 modern aircraft which service over 100 routes.

The fifteen LOT Dreamliners fly direct routes from Warsaw to New York, Newark, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, Miami, Delhi and Seoul. The Polish carrier also flies to the US from other Polish cities and from Budapest, Hungary.